- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 4, 2017

Wrestler-turned-action-movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson just earned his first endorsement for president from lefty filmmaker Michael Moore, reported The Independent newspaper Thursday.

But what makes the seal of approval even more interesting is it coming as it does when actor, still known to many as “The Rock,” graces the cover of the conservative magazine National Review.

Mr. Moore’s remarks, probably tongue-in-cheek, came as he was lamenting to Variety magazine that Democrats do not embrace Hollywood as they could when it comes to recruiting politicians for high office.

“Democrats always shy away from Hollywood, and I always say to them, ‘Really? Because out where I live, people love Hollywood! They love the movies. They love stars.’ The Republicans run Reagan, they run Schwarzenegger. Gopher from The Love Boat was elected to Congress,” Mr. Moore said, according to The Independent. 

It was then that someone suggested Mr. Johnson as an option and Mr. Moore seized on it.

“Run the Rock! Run the Rock,” said Mr. Moore, who in the 2016 Democratic primaries backed socialist Sen. Bernard Sanders. “Who do you want for commander in chief? I want the [expletive] Rock! It would scare anybody that would hurt us. Think about how safe we would be if the Rock was president. Not Vin Diesel! The Rock.”

While reportedly a registered Republican, Mr. Johnson largely avoids talking politics, although he has expressed somewhat muted  — particularly by Hollywood standards — criticism of Donald Trump. Instead, noted National Review’s David French, the movie star promulgates a classically conservative, patriotic message of love of country, hard work and sunny optimism.

It was those rather Reaganesque qualities that led Mr. French to pen a cover story for the May 15 edition of his magazine explaining how Mr. Johnson is just the sort of unifying celebrity America needs right now.

“The Rock is one of the few culturally unifying figures in American life, and he’s a culturally unifying figure with a message of gratitude and hard work that also happens to be culturally edifying,” Mr. French argued in his cover story “The Celebrity We Need.”

“At the risk of sounding corny: At this time in American life, we need points of agreement, and right now tens of millions of Americans on both sides of the political divide agree on The Rock,” he added later, even as he held out hope that Mr. Johnson might prove up for the challenge of right-of-center politician some day.

“The Rock is the right celebrity for our polarized time. The politics can wait,” Mr. French wrote.

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